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Trust in the Lord

Thurs­day. [Rom. 5:10–16; Matt. 8:23–27] They set off for the oth­er side of the sea. The Lord was sleep?ing. A tem­pest arose and every­one was ter­ri­fied, but they for­got that the Lord was with them, and thus there was noth­ing to fear. This also hap­pens in the earth­ly and spir­i­tu­al course of life. When a tem­pest of mis­for­tunes or pas­sions aris­es we usu­al­ly become wor­ried to the point of par­a­lyza­tion, and think that this is nor­mal; but the Lord sends us a les­son: O ye of lit­tle faith! (Matt. 8:26). And just­ly! It is impos­si­ble not to notice what is hap­pen­ing, but it is pos­si­ble to main­tain a wise calm­ness. First and fore­most, see what the Lord wants of you, and sub­mit humbly to His strong hand. Do not rush about, do not become fren­zied. Then lift up your faith that the Lord is with you and fall to His feet in prayer. Dot cry, “I per­ish!” but with devo­tion call out, “Lord! If Thou wilt — Thou canst do all things. Not my will, but Thy will be done.” Believe, that this is how you will safe­ly escape the tem­pest that has arisen.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse